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In between calls, EMTs practice CPR as part of never ending training for the next emergency In between calls, EMTs practice CPR as part of never ending training for the next emergency
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some everyday heroes are being honored for their lifesaving work.
Dougherty County Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services week Monday. It's a small way to thank the men and women who rush to help in times of desperation.

"I think it's great.  I appreciate the little bit of gratitude we do get with it.  And it does become rewarding.  Not just in this week alone, I mean there does become other weeks during the year that are rewarding," says Michael Pinson, EMS Field Training Officer. 

Once the call for help comes in, the men and women of Dougherty County's EMS rush off to save lives. In between calls, they practice CPR as part of never ending training for the next emergency.

Saying thanks comes from calls by some, but others try a different approach to show their gratitude.

"Today we're eating barbeque," explains Dougherty County EMS Director Greg Rowe. "We had somebody step up and say, 'Hey I want to buy your guys barbeque for this week,' We have four shifts, so all shifts will get a meal this week."

The Director says they are the busiest service in Southwest Georgia. Rowe says they serve about 65 calls every day, which equals about 22,000 calls each year."

Rowe says Dougherty County has some of the best paramedics in the state.
EMTs say they're just happy to help the public and are rewarded by every life they save.
With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, paramedics caution everyone to be safe on the roads.

EMS Week is nationally recognized, and was started in 1974 by President Gerald Ford.

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